Dining Out for Life: Where local restaurants help the Good Samaritan Project

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Vivilore restaurant, in Independence, will be one of 28 local venues participating in Dining for Life.
  • Angela C. Bond
  • Vivilore restaurant, in Independence, will be one of 28 local venues participating in Dining for Life.

If you're eating breakfast at 12 Baltimore in the Hotel Phillips this morning, you're raising funds for Kansas City's Good Samaritan Project. That also goes for lunch or dinner at 27 other local restaurants, ranging from Hamburger Mary's in the Crossroads to Eden Alley Cafe on the Country Club Plaza. Today, from 6 a.m. until past midnight, 28 participating restaurants in the metro (see complete list below) have pledged at least 25 percent of the day's gross to the Good Samaritan Project, the city's oldest AIDS service organization.

"This is the third year that we've done this event in Kansas City," says C. Aaron Nickless, manager of development and marketing for the Good Samaritan Project. "In 2011 we started with six participating restaurants. Last year we had over 20 restaurants. We've raised $50,000 so far."

The locally participating restaurants include 12 Baltimore, Los Alamos Market y Cocina, the Beer Kitchen, Bistro 303, Blue Bird Bistro, the Blue Line, Café al Dente, Café des Amis, Café Trio, California Pizza Kitchen (Plaza location only), Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse, Eden Alley Café, Le Fou Frog, FüD, Hamburger Mary's Bar and Grille, Hickok's Bar and Grill, Magnolia's Contemporary Southern Bistro, McCoy's Public House and Brewery, Nica's 320, Old Shawnee Pizza and Italian Kitchen (Shawnee location only), Pine and Bamboo Garden, PotPie, Sosa's 39th St. Diner, Stable's Bar and Grill, Starker's Restaurant, Vivilore, the Westside Local and Winslow's BBQ.

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